By now you have no doubt heard about the massive Salmonella egg recall that was announced on April 13th by Rose Acre Farms and the FDA. While this recall is in no way connected to Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, we are astonished by its impact and size – 207 million eggs packaged across about 9 different brands and distributed in 9 states. 207 million eggs is enough to let well over half of the U.S. population eat an egg for breakfast.
And here’s the incredible part: that number of eggs came from a single farm in North Carolina, over just 93 days of production. That means they are producing over 2 million eggs per day from over 2 million hens in one location – all in cages. Most Americans don’t know that about 9 out of 10 eggs are produced in facilities exactly like this.
At Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs we simply don’t believe in factory farming. We partner with small, independent farms that can manage their egg operation with just their family. That typically means they will just have one, sometimes two, Certified Humane, free range barns with readily used outdoor pasture. This is better for farmers, farm communities, and hens. It is also better for the people who buy our eggs; they can trust the actual farmers who care for the hens that produce those eggs.
While it is not possible to fully prevent disease we feel very strongly that how you farm goes a long way toward reducing the risk. It’s just another reason we hold a small farm philosophy, and partner with over 120 small family farms.
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Jesse, our Chief Executive Farmer, talks with Money Magazine about his family’s journey from near bankruptcy to now working with dozens of small, organic and free range partner farms to produce Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs.
Our own Jesse Laflamme is one of the experts quoted in this article discussing some of the major trends shaping the food industry. Tonya Garcia at MarketWatch explores some of the recent mega-mergers in the food industry to try to understand what is driving them. Jesse explains that much of it is bigger companies looking for the greater authenticity and trust that many smaller food producers possess.
Pete and Gerry’s was featured in an article from the Washington Post about USDA organic eggs and how they are produced.
“The vast majority of small “organic” egg farms in the United States do allow their hens outside. For example, all the farms that produce eggs for the Pete and Gerry’s brand are required to let their hens out.
‘We think that’s what consumers expect of organic eggs,’ said Jesse Laflamme, co-owner and chief executive at Pete and Gerry’s Organics.”
Watch an interview with CEO Jesse Laflamme on the New Hampshire Chronicle! Jesse talks about the book written by Pete and Gerry’s about organic egg farming. He also talks about how Pete and Gerry’s was the first organic egg farm in the industry.
In an article published by bonappetit.com Alex Beggs explains why medium eggs exist.
“So I called up Jesse LaFlamme, the chief executive farmer of Pete and Gerry’s organic eggs. Yes, I too was disappointed his name was neither Pete nor Gerry. (Okay, Gerry is Jesse’s father). He told me that medium eggs are typically from younger hens. They’re the hen’s first round, so to speak, so they’re smaller and have a thicker shell. He even thinks they might have a tastier yolk, but he admits, “that might be in my head.” Things get a bit scrambled in there. Too much? Sorry.”
A recent article published by vitals.lifehacker.com explains how any food companies find the FDA’s definition of “healthy” to be out dated and are pushing for them to redefine what healthy really means, which is good news for the egg industry.
Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs: “As the owner [of] Pete & Gerry’s Organics LLC, a Certified Humane, free-range, network of small family farms, it’s not often that I see eye to eye with the [United Egg Producers], as we disagree on farming practices. Where we do agree is that eggs are a very healthy food.”
Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs was named in one of the 7 Best Clean Dairy and Dairy-Free Products by cleaneatingmag.com.
“These top-quality, grade-A eggs come from free-range, certified-humane hens fed with 100% organic feed. $6, peteandgerrys.com for where to buy.”